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Fun with Friends

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Es sábado, 22 de abril de 2017

Review Posts: 4/1, 4/5 and 4/8.
Also see the reference section: cognates and pronunciation

Los cognados – cognates
A cognate is a word that looks the same or similar between 2 languages and it means the same as well.

 

¡Tienes muchos amigos en español! – You have lots of friends in Spanish!
Más de 5.000 – More than 5,000

En español, hay 3 grupos – In Spanish, there are 3 groups

1. Spelled exactly the same
hotel
humor
simple
extra
doctor
hospital
natural
normal

 

2. A slight spelling change, yet easily recognizable (this is the largest group)
música
arte
teléfono
clase
importante
historia
oportunidad
universidad

 

3. A greater spelling change, can be harder to recognize
amplio – ample
avanzado – advanced
descuento – discount

 

 

Fun with friends – Have you ever noticed how kids, when they are 3-5 years old, love to pronounce and say big long dinosaur names or other long scientific words?
Have you also noticed that they often say those same words with ease while us adults struggle to get our mouth around all of the vowels and consonants?
Well, today we are going to play like kids! 
Using some of the longest cognates that I could find, I thought we’d combine them with a little pronunciation review.

 

 

¿Listos?

The rule here is, 10 or more letters
preparación
participante – participant

inevitable – inevitible

subterráneo – subway

kilometraje – mileage

gratificante – gratifiying
fertilizante – fertilizer
tranquilizante – soothing

insostenible

macrobiótico
macroeconomía

tranquilidad – tranquility

arquitecto (qui=key)
arquitectura

arqueología (que=k)
antropología

civilización
urbanización
industrialización

meteorología – meteorology (may tay o dough low HE ah)

metropolitano
cosmopolitano

forforescente – phosphorescent
fotocopiadora – photocopier

aproximadamente

afortunadamente
desafortunadamente

inteligentemente

 

 

Action Steps:
1.  Practice these again out loud.
2. Keep your eyes open for long words in Spanish (cognates or not) and have fun with the fact that Spanish is a phonetic language.
3. Share some of these with your kids or friends

Leave a comment, let me know how you are doing, what you’d like to learn or any questions that you have.

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Gracias y hasta manaña por la mañana or perhaps…
hasta mañana por la tarde

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